Athletes to Watch in Sochi: The 2014 Olympics Breakout Stars


In women's figure skating, perhaps the best chance for America is 18-year-old Gracie Gold, the Massachusetts native who's known for her sophisticated spins and silhouettes.

Gold won her first national championships January in Boston, putting on a dazzling performance that sent her name trending on social media.

Given her last name, there are high expectations for her. No athlete with the name "Gold" has ever taken a gold medal at the Olympics.

10. Sarah Hendrickson – Ski Jumping

Keep your eye on Sarah Hendrickson, the 19-year-old ski jumper from Salt Lake City.

Ski jumping runs in the family. After watching her father and brother, Hendrickson took up her own skis when she was 7.

Since then, she's made a name for herself, and racked up impressive wins: a U.S. title, a World Championship gold medal and a World Cup globe.

Hendrickson is thrilled at the chance to win the first Olympic gold medal in women's ski jumping.

"When you're on the highway and you move your hand up and down you can feel the effects that it has with the wind, that's what ski jumping is, but with your entire body. It's an amazing feeling and that's what I live for," she said.

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